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“Modulobe” [2005]

ETO Kouichirou


“Modulobe” is a physical simulation system that enables users to easily create “moving 3D models” of virtual creatures through combining parts called modules. With this system, users can freely develop forms, like they do with blocks, add moving modules to the forms, and provide instruction on movement to the models. Additionally, as this virtual space simulates the actual laws of physics, users can reproduce realistic movements like those of living organisms.

This software work was created as an open "new canvas" to be used by the public over the Internet. One of the characteristics is that the models created by the users can be shared via the Internet. Users can freely post the models they have produced at a model-sharing website, and people who access the site can download the models, alter them, or re-post the altered models. “Modulobe,” which consists of the basic elements needed to create models, functions as a "basis of imagination," helping create a wide variety of models. Here, the artist is in the position of creating a system and providing a “place for expression.”

Supported by: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
Modulobe Project Members: ETO Kouichirou + WATANABE Kuniaki, SAKURAI Minoru, TANIGUCHI Akihiko, KOMACHIYA Kei, HISAI Toru, OGURA Junko, MAEKAWA Takashi, KAWASAKI Yoshinori, YAMAGUCHI Suguru



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